Lets say you are the GM of the teams with the top 10 picks ,You make your pick and explain why you chose that player
*Just act as if every player has declared to the 2012 draft
**The top 10 teams on nbadraft.net are in this order
Didn't think these through too hard, but here it goes.
1.Bobcats Andre Drummond-We suck, we need to hit a home run.
2.Hornets Anthony Davis-best player available, very good building block.
3.Wizards Harrison Barnes-We need an unselfish scorer who can spread the floor for Wall. Cut all our chuckers.
4.Nets Michael Kidd Gilchrist-Our wings suck, stick him next to Morrow and Williams and he'll be great.
5.Raptors Jeremy Lamb-BPA, also have Bargnani and just drafted two bigs back to back .
6.Detroit Thomas Robinson-Compliments Monroe well and will benefit from his passing ability.
7.Kings Arnett Moultrie-Know nothing about him, but he might compliment Monroe well.
8.Suns Brad Beal-gives us a building block at SG, our frontline is solid for the future, just need another wing and someone to take Nash's place when he leaves.
9.Cavs Jared Sullinger-BPA
10. Bucks Tony Wroten-We need a good SG, but Jennings may also on the way out soon, so he could be the PG if needed.
^^^ I think you messed up on the Kings pick
If the bobcats need a homerun they won't draft drummond, I like his potential but he can just as easily be a bust than a star.
@riley Ahhh, I meant Cousins. Oh well, can't edit it now.
@Richie Drummond's potential is the best in the class, I'd liken the situation to what Carolina did when they took Cam Newton.
Cam Newton or Jamarcus Russell potential can go either way, If he turns out like Dwight Howard you win big, If he is like Kwame Brown you lost out on a lot other really good players. I personally hate playing the potential game on number 1 picks.
Fair enough, but you have to take the risk sometimes. Also, I'm not the actual GM of the Bobcats, so my opinion doesn't really matter haha.
Bobcats - If the Bobcats get the first pick in this scenario, I think Harrison Barnes would be the best option. Sure, Davis is an elite defender, and Drummond has tons of potential, but Barnes provides both stability, and a potential face of the franchise at the Small Forward position. There is still time for bigs like Biyombo and Mullens to develop. A frontcout of Barnes/Biyombo/Mullens could be good if they all play out to their abilities. Not to mention MJ went to UNC, and Barnes would draw UNC fans to Charlotte games. Makes sense team wise, and financially.
Hornets - With Barnes off the board, it's essentially Drummond or Davis. Drummond has put up solid numbers at Connecticut, but it's hard to pass up Anthony Davis, who is leading the #1 team in the country to success. Davis would be a smart pick, with a need for a PF in New Orleans.
Wizards - The Wizards have a lot of young talent. Their Wall and Young should have the guard spots locked up. Booker, Blatche, and McGee are all solid bigs. Their biggest need is probably SF, with Lewis, and then two players developing in Vesely, and Singleton. Since Barnes would likely be the top option for Washington, but is already off the board, I think the Wizards would go for Andre Drummond. He can develop behind the current bigs in Washington, and hopefully form a sweet alley oop show with Wall.
Nets - NJ Nets are the hardest team to mock for. Their 2012-13 roster has to many question marks at this point in time. I think it's safe to assume that they would probably be looking for a PF. It's too early to tell, but Sullinger, Robinson, and Moultrie could all be the third PF off the board. I would personally go with Jared Sullinger. He is the youngest off the group, and just as dominant.
Raptors - If I'm the Raptors GM I'm taking Jeremy Lamb here. I think DeRozan would be better off playing more SF, and Jeremy Lamb would bring shooting to a team that needs more shooters.
Pistons - Besides Knight and Monroe, the Pistons could look to pick to fill in any other positin. I think Thomas Robinson fits in here. A PF/C combo of Robinson and Monroe could turn into a nightmare for opposing teams.
Kings - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be a nice fit in for the Kings. He's a hustle player and more importantly a SF. Salmons, Outlaw, and Honeycutt are the current SF's in Sacramento. MKG would be a nice addition. I line of Jimmer, Evans, MKG, Hickson, and Cousin sounds good, but will it pan out?
Suns - The Suns could have a very different looking backcourt next season. With many guards on one year deals, I think it is a safe pick to go with Bradley Beal here. Dudley, Brown, and Redd are the current SG's. Beal would add youth, and a promising future for Phoenix.
Cavs - Cleveland would go for a SG or SF here. The best option is Perry Jones to play SF. Cassipi, Gee, and Thompson are the current SFs. I think Jones should come off the bench as a combo forward next season as a learning experience. He should have to prove himself before he is given a starting job.
Bucks - If we count Drummond and Jones as PF's, than Arnett Moultrie would be the 6th best PF. And if we aren't than Moultrie would still be the 4th. Either way, this is just a sign of how deep this draft is. The Bucks need to go SG or PF. The top SG options would be Rivers, Lamb, Waiters, Ross, and Wroten. While there are good SG options, I don't see how the Bucks could pass up on value at the 10 spot in Moultrie.
1) Davis. Drummond may have a higher ceiling, but Jordan can't afford to whiff another #1 if Drummond ends up busting. Davis will be a very good player; he and Biyombo would be a nightmare frontcourt defensively.
2) Drummond. BPA, because the Hornets have needs pretty much everywhere. Drummond has the potential to be a D-12/Amare kind of guy, and they're gonna suck anyways, so they can afford to pick Drummond.
3) Barnes. Barnes would be a great running mate with Wall, and would already be one of the best players on that team.
4) MKG. NJ may not even have this pick, if it's used to deal for Dwight. Should the Nets retain D-Will and get Dwight, it leaves a gaping hole at the wing. MKG would be a perfect fit here- he wouldn't be the top offensive option, he'd play great D, and do a little bit of everything at the wing position.
5) It totally depends what Toronto plans to do with Bargnani. If I were GM I'd try and trade Bargnani, and draft Robinson/Sullinger/Moultrie (in that order). But, realistically speaking, they'll take Jeremy Lamb, because he's going to be better than DeRozan, and maybe shift DeRozan to the 3.
6) If Lamb falls, the Pistons would be ecstatic. But, he probably won't, so I'll have them taking Robinson. Robinson is a good complement to Monroe- Monroe could play the high post, and Robinson could operate down low.
7) Moultrie. Moultrie would be able to play the high post while DMC mans the low post. If I were them, I'd pray that MKG somehow slides down here.
8) Beal or Rivers. He'd be the killer scorer Phoenix desperately needs right now. If Rivers comes out, I could see him going here also.
9) If Rivers comes out, it's Beal. Beal would be a perfect fit for Cleveland because he can play off guard and let Kyrie do all the ballhandling.
10) This one is really tough for me to pick, because the Bucks have needs everywhere, especially if Jennings is already talking about leaving. They have to go BPA here, so I'll have them taking Perry Jones, who has bust potential, but also has arguably more untapped potential than anyone on this board.
I originally didn't think I was going to try this, but this just sounds too much fun and I can't resist the urge. So here it goes I'm not promising anything so we'll see what you guys think.
1 Bobcats-Andre Drummond. Y2G hit it right on the head. The Bobcats need to hit a homerun with this pick. Davis may be the better player in the end, but the fact that he is still getting used to his big body now is what seperates him from Drummond and may be the reason why he is not the first pick off the board. Also you have to remember who runs the Bobcats. Michael Jordan does. Even though he is a great player, and I do have a great respect for him, I also think he had too much trust in Kwame Brown. Thank goodness the Bobacts did not keep him. But Jordan may look to find his next Kwame Brown (that may not be the best thing to look for in this draft but I think you catch my drift that Jordan will be looking to hit a home run with this pick. He will be looking for a player to "replace" Kwame Brown with) and that player is definitely Drummond. But he also may be the next Amare Stoudamire and that would prove big for Jordan and the Bobcats. That's exactly what they need, and if Jordan and the Bobcats do pick Drummond and he developes, it may be the thing that keeps Jordan's job intact!
2 Hornets-Anthony Davis. BPA and best fit for the team. Him and Okafor would form a great duo down low. Also Davis would be a great guy to build around in the future as Eric Gordon may leave this offseason.
3 Wizards-Harrison Barnes. BPA and best fit for the team as well. Wall needs someone to go to hit open shots. Right now Wall has no teammates to go to. He is an underrated playmaker and really needs to prove that. The Wizards need to give him players that he can create with. Also his leadership and maturity is something that the Wizards definitely need as a locker room presence.
4 Nets-Jared Sullinger. I have also thought about putting Gilchrist here as the Nets do have a hole at SF, but 4 may be too early for him. If Barnes was still available he would be the pick no doubt, but as he is not it seems that PF is the position the Nets need to draft for. The reason to darft Sullinger is two fold. One, Lopez might leave next year and if that does happen the Nets will need someone to play Center. Even though Sullinger is undersized for the Center spot, he has done wonderfully for Ohio State playing that position for them. I do not think he will be a center in the NBA but he may start out that way if the Nets draft him. Also Humphries is getting old and the Nets need to start developing a young core since Dwill is bound to leave in the offseason unless the Nets hit a homerun and trade for Dwight Howard which I doubt will happen. Sullinger would be great guy to build around. He's young, has a lot of room to grow but he can also be a great player in the NBA and for the Nets in the future.
5 Raptors-Michael Kidd Gilchrist. BPA, and also best fit. Derozan is the shooting guard of this team. The Raptors have a hole at SF and need someone to fill it. Derozan may be able to but he may not have the ability to contribute in other areas besides scoring. That, I think is imperative to the SF's role. Glichrist has that ability. Also he is a winner and the Raptors will need that in the future. They will need that clutch player to go to in crunch time and Gilchrist may be that guy if they draft him.
6 Pistons-Thomas Robinson. BPA and also best fit again. (I think that will become the most repeated phrase in this post lol) Him and Monroe could form a great duo that many teams will fear in the future. I have really been impressed with Robinson and I think he will fill the hole the marvoulesly (that may be spelled wrong) well at PF that the Pistons do have. If Cody Zeller decides to declare then he would be the pick here because Monroe could slide to the 4 and that could also form a great duo that teams will find hard to stop. (The hole was created by the depressing play of Villanueva.) I don't think the younger Zeller will declare and I think this is too high for Meyers Leonard so Robinson really is the best fit here.
7 Kings-Arnett Moultrie. I am tempted to put Perry Jones here as his potential may be too great to pass up, but I fear that Jones and Cousins down low could be a very bad tandem that will not work. Both players have maturity issues and Jones has attendency to disappear at times and that may be what deters the Kings from picking Jones. Moultrie on the other hand has really played well with his transfer school of Mississippi State. This is why his stock his so high right now. The Kings have been hinting at it all year, they are looking to replace Jason Thompson and Moultrie may just be what the Kings expected out of Thompson when they drafted him back in 2008.
8 Suns- Brad Beal. I think it would be great for the Suns to pair Nash with a shooter in one of his last years in the league. Even though it may only be for one year, the Suns really need to someone to develop around. They need to start the rebuilding process, this may be the best year to do it and Nash is close to retiring. Nash will probably retire in a Suns uniform and the fact that this will happen very soon makes it imperative that the Suns find there guy to build around in the future. Beal may be that guy!
9. Caveliers- Jeremy Lamb. The Cavs need to find players that play around the excellent play of Irving. Wouldn't it be great to pair Irving with a great two guard? Yes, it would be great, the backcourt would be electric and it would really help Irving develop as a point guard in this league. The Cavs also need to draft someone that would not try and steal the show but get his points within the offense. Irving is the show for the Cavs. He is the reason why the Cavs are doing so well in thier second year in the post Lebron era. Lamb does not steal the show and I do not know why this site has an ongoing love affair with him. He is not a top 5 pick, he is a top 10 pick and if a team picks Lamb in the top 5 they will be sorely dissapointed because they could have gone for a better player. Lamb gets his points in the flow of the offense and does not try and steal the show nor can he, he is a 20 point scorer but he is in the mold of Richard Hamilton or a poor man's Reggie Miller. Lamb is just the kind of guy that the Cavs need, he is a great locker room presence. And that is just what management is trying to find.
10. Bucks-Austin Rivers. The Bucks need a two guard that Jennings can pass to and depend on to hit the open shot. Also they need someone to build the team around if Jennings leaves. No I am not suggesting that Rivers plays the point if Jennings leaves. That spot will have to go to Udrih temporarily while the Bucks find someone else. (If Jennings does leave, the Bucks would probably find their PG in the 2013 draft. It could be Kabongo or Ian Miller if he proves himself next year.) Like I said before the Bucks need a guy to build around if Jennings leaves. Rivers can be that guy, he wants to be that guy, the Bucks should trust him enough to be that guy because quite frankly there isn't too much left available in this draft.
People may not agree with me that Perry Jones will not go in the top 10, but teams are really not impressed with Jones. They expected more from him and that may be the reason why he is not drafted in the top 10. If Rivers decides to stay, then there is no doubt that Jones will be a top 10 pick. But right now that is at stake because of his ability to disappear at times. I was about to put him at 10, but I think his attendency to disappear at times would drive Coach Skiles mad (not that he hasn't before from his players) and may deter the Bucks from picking him. I also about put him at 7 but again the fact that he has an attendency to dissapear at times is not something that the Kings will be looking for to replace Thompson with. Like I said his attendency to dissapear at times and look unmotivated as well puts at stake his potential as a top 10 pick in this years draft. Thoughts?
1.Bobcats Anthony Davis This kid is gonna be a star. hes a monster on D and his o is going to be pretty good. He doesnt need many touches and shows glimpses of major potential in every offensive area.
2.Hornets Andre Drummond Hes got the size and athleticism to be a mjaor star. Hes not a sure thing but he could be incredible and thats worth any gamble imo
3.Wizards Harrison Barnes They need someone with high character badly..
4.Nets Jeremy Lamb Dude can be a monster scorer..with Dwill..wow
5.Raptors Jared Sullinger They have Davis to defend and Bargnani can shoot..Jonas should be pretty good..but none of them can score around the hoop like Sullinger and none can rebound like him either
6.Detroit Thomas Robinson Dudes atheleticism next to Monroes skill is great. Hes a tough guy and someone who will give them a bit of that attitude they need
7.Kings MKG The havent had a good sf since Peja..he would complete these guys
8.Suns Arnett Moultrie They got Gortat to score down low and Robin to defend..now add Moultrie and you got a very nice young frontcourt..Dudley is solid on wing..just need more young guards
9.Cavs Brad Beal Dude would be awesome next to Kyrie..super promisng backcourt to build around..great attitude just like Irving
10. Bucks Kendall Marshall We know that punk Jennings is gonna dip for NY or some big city..Marshall doesnt need to score and then they are a step closer from being a nice nice team
1.Bobcats-Andre Drummnd-For some reason I just cant see Anthony Davis and Biyombo fit together because there both long and skinny guys ,but Drummond and Biyombo makes sense with one long and skinny guy and one low post guy.
2.Hornets-Anthony Davis-Great pick here to get this team on track.Davis can really get the keys to car and we can really see if he has some Kevin Durant in him
3.Wizards-Harrison Barnes-Fits perfectly with the team,also gives them leadership.he spreads the court and the Wiz can have a scorer on the wing.
4.Nets-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-They have enough scoring and shooting on the perimeter with Brooks and Williams,so now you need defense and thats exactly what MKG gives you.
5.Raptors-Jeremy Lamb-Honestly Derozen cant play sg in the NBA,he just doesnt have the handles and shooting to play the 2 ,but is tall and athletic enough to play the 3.As for Lamb he could be huge for this team ,espically if they get Brandon Jennings.Imagine a lineup in the future with Jennings,Lamb,Derozen,Bargani,Valcaiunas.
6.Pistons-Bradley Beal-A bit of a reach but seems like a solid guy for the Pistons future and the Pistons could ver well easily get a Center in next years draft to compliment Monroe.
7.Kings-Thomas Robinson gives the Kings hustle and unselfishnish which they need.
8.Suns-Perry Jones-I think this is a team that can take a risk to put PJ3 at the sf to get that KD potential ,I think this team can take that risk because there going to have to stay in the lotto after Nash leaves to get this team back on track.
9.Cavs-Terrence Ross-Would be a great fit for Kyrie Irving because he doesnt need the ball alot to score since he mainly scores off of open 3s and dunks.So Ross can go in there and contribute while Irving still gets to keep the ball and do whatever he wants
10.Bucks-Jared Sullinger-Bucks are super lucky he dropped this low because he could go as high as 4,but I just couldnt find a good fit for Sullinger.As for the Bucks drafting him he would be great with Bogut and they get a very skilled guy with the 10th pick.
I just wanna keep going because its fun soooo
11.Jazz-Kendall Marshall-Someone who can get the ball to all these great young guys on the Jazz and fill that pg whole that Devin Harris is digging for them.
12.Hornets-Austin Rivers-Honestly I dont think Eric Gordon will stay and if thats the case Rivers and Davis can lead this team to a great future, and get a steal because Rivers does have potential IMO to become a star.
13.Jazz-Cody Zeller- I think the Jazz eventually will trade either Millsap or Jefferson so Zeller can take there spots.
14.Trailblazers-Meyers Leanord-Right now Camby is still there but once hes gone and Leanord is ready he could be there starting C in the future.
15.Rockets-Patric Young-Need a young defesive C not named Thabeet.
16.Grizzlies-Arnett Moultrie-Dropped so low because I dont know much about him but he could be a guy off the bench for Randolph and Gasol
17.Celtics-John Henson-Need a long guy to block shots
OK im done
1. Bobcats-Harrison Barnes-Charlotte needs alot of help but one of the big things they need is perimeter scoring. Local kid being from North Carolina and we all know MJ loves drafting NC kids. Kemba-Barnes-Biyombo is not a terrible core to build around.
2. Hornets-Anthony Davis-New Orleans is in complete rebuild mode, they need a little bit of everything. I think Anthony Davis is a better prospect than Drummond. Davis is a better defender and I think is more of a 4 than a 5 and with Okafor still being there for a couple of more years, it will allow Davis to play his more natural position while I think Drummond is more of a 5.
3. Wizards-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-Every year there is a suprise pick and I think this will be the one. I see MKG turning into a very good pro because of his defense, length and motor. He is always the hardest working player out there on the court. His defense is something Washington needs especially on the perimeter. I have them taking MKG over Drummond and Lamb because Wash. has Booker & Blatche who can play the 4 and I think they can both be solid 4s and then they have Nick Young and Jordan Crawford who both can really score the ball. I think MKG will really help this team right out of the gate with his defense and length.
4. Nets-Thomas Robinson-I think Robinson is going to be a very good pro. His work ethic will not allow him to fail in the league. I think he will have a similar career to Humphries but a much more athletic Humphries. This pick may belong to Orlando when it's all said and done though if the D12 trade goes through.
5. Raptors-Jeremy Lamb-Will allow them to move DeRozan to the 3 eventually but I think right away bring him off the bench as that scoring threat. Give him 2-3 years and I think he will be a excellent pro and will have a chance to be the best player in this draft.
6. Pistons-Andre Drummond-I think Greg Monroe is a 4 in this league and while some may say Drummond can play the 4 or 5 I think he is a 5 in the long run. Drummond and Monroe could be one of the best big man combos in the league if Drummond develops into the player he is capable of. I also think Drummond will fall a little further than most people would have but I don't think he will fall past Detroit.
7. Kings-Arnett Moultrie-Don't know much about. Have seen him play once or twice. Seems like he can hit the mid-range an outside the shot. Seems like a good compliment to Cousins. Could turn into the player that they wanted Jason Thompson to turn into when they drafted him.
8. Suns-Kendall Marshall-This is probably Nash last year in Phoenix. Marshall could be a good to great replacement for Nash. Marshall has excellent court vision and very high IQ. Knows when to push the ball and knows when to slow it down. If Nash is still around next year, Marshall can learn a whole lot from Nash and it will only help him in the long run.
9. Cavs-Bradley Beal-A great scorer. Will be great for Cleveland. Beal & Irving will be a great backcourt for years. Beal will really thrive playing with a great PG like Iriving. Another great step in helping bring Cleveland back from the LeBron decision.
10. Bucks-Jared Sullinger-A bruiser down low who could possibly play the 5 in some spots if Bogut goes down with a injury. I also don't think Sullinger will drop any further. If develops a consitent mid-range jumper and the occassional 3, I think he could have a very similar career to Kevin Love.
11. Jazz-Austin Rivers-With picks 11 and 13, I think they could package both picks and trade up for a higher selection to take someone like Jeremy Lamb who could come in and be the 2 of the future. But if they decide to keep this pick and if Rivers decides to declare I think he would be a good fit in Utah. He has the ability to create his own shot which Utah does not really have. Could even slide over to the 1 and play the point in some spots.
12. Hornets-Perry Jones-His stock is falling hard. Davis & Jones has the ability to come in and help this franchise especially if they bring back Eric Gordon. Gordon-Jones-Davis is a good trio to build around. With his potential he could turn into a star and be a mini KD. Or he could be a huge bust.
13. Jazz-Terrence Jones-Could of been a Top 10 maybe a Top 5 pick last year but decided to come back for another year. Stock has fallen a lil but I think he will be a very solid pro in the league. Utah already has a bunch of young guys on this team. Terrence could come in give them some depth at the 3 and be a good back-up and role player. I think he will have a very similar to Marvin Williams, if reaches full potential could be a Lamar Odom type of player in the league.
14. Blazers-Meyers Leonard-Camby is not going to be around forever. Don't know much about Leonard. But could sit behind Camby next year and learn and be the C of the future for Portland unless if Oden somehow gets a new pair of knees sometime soon, which I don't see happening.
^^Not the order I was thinking but the crazy thing is it could easily really happen in that order